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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Version 1.2017


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask

What’s my diagnosis and prognosis?

It’s important to know that there are different types of cancer. Cancer can greatly differ even when

people have a tumor in the same organ. Based on your test results, your doctors can tell you which

type of cancer you have. He or she can also give a prognosis. A prognosis is a prediction of the pattern

and outcome of a disease. Knowing the prognosis may affect what you decide about treatment.

1. Where did the cancer start? In what type of cell?

2. Is this cancer common?

3. Is this a fast- or slow-growing leukemia?

4. What is the ALL cell subtype and cytogenetic subtype? What does this mean for me and my

treatment options?

5. How often will I have bone marrow tests?

6. How often will I have spinal fluid tests?

7. What other test results are important to know?

8. How often are these tests wrong?

9. Would you give me a copy of the pathology report and other test results?

10. Can the cancer be cured? If not, how well can treatment stop the cancer from growing?